With proud escutcheons blazoned to the sun,
in his chariot of ivory, pearl and gold,
Pharaoh rolled out of Egypt; and with him
Rode his mighty men, their banners floating
On the breeze, their spears and armor glittering
In the morning light; and Israel saw,
With fainting hearts, their old oppressors on their
Track : then women wept in hopeless terror ;
Children hid their faces in their mothers' robe,
And strong men bowed their heads in agony and
And then a bitter, angry murmur rose,--
"Were there no graves in Egypt, that thou hast
Brought us here to die?"
Then Moses lifted up his face, aglow
With earnest faith in God, and bade their fainting
Be strong and they should his salvation see.
"Stand still," said Moses to the fearful throng
Whose hearts were fainting in the wild, "Stand still."
Ah, that was Moses' word, but higher and greater
Came God's watchword for the hour, and not for that
Alone, but all the coming hours of time.
"Speak ye unto the people and bid them
Forward go ; stretch thy hand across the waters
And smite them with thy rod." And Moses smote
The restless sea ; the waves stood up in heaps,
Then lay as calm and still as lips that just
Had tasted death. The secret-loving sea